Certified Addiction Counselor Salary

Certified Addiction Counselors in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $35K annually. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $25K and $47K per year. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in three lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and approximately one-half have dental, too. The majority of Certified Addiction Counselors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Female Certified Addiction Counselors survey participants are more prevalent than men — 68 percent of professionals. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,465 - $46,822

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$10.94 - $23.59

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$25,465 - $46,822  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $650  
Total Pay (?
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$24,507 - $47,260  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 77
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.94 - $23.59  
   
Overtime
$14.19 - $49.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $650  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,507 - $47,260  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 73
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Job Description for Certified Addiction Counselor

  • Provide evaluations, interventions, and individual and group therapy to clients experiencing chemical abuse or chemical dependency.
  • Maintain case history and progress notes while observing their patients.
  • Counsel individuals or groups and implements therapeutic treatment plans to resolve addictions to drugs or alcohol.

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Certified Addiction Counselors only report a few specific skills. Counseling and Group Therapy are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate include Group Therapy and Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Addiction Counselor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $34K, and those with five to 10 years' experience report a lower median of $32K. Certified Addiction Counselors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $38K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $43K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Certified Addiction Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$34,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Certified Addiction Counselor Salaries

National Average
$34,000

Counseling
up arrow 8%

Group Therapy
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 30%
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